Since Frank Ocean outted himself via Tumblr, wags have scrutinized his every action through a sexual lens. The latest rumor that he was pulled over by Mammoth Lake, California officers for suspicious behavior was tinged with a sexual bent. CBS Local has learned that his detainment was a result of a routine traffic stop and a bag of Marijuana.
According to an updated statement (an early statement did not contain the drug charge), a Deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana from inside the car. “Christopher Breaux, aka Frank Ocean, age 25, of Beverly Hills, CA, had a small bag of marijuana on his person,” the statement said. “Mr. Breaux was cited for possession of marijuana and released.”
According to gossip site Mediatakeout, Frank Ocean and a male companion were detained by police after authorities noticed “suspicious behavior.” While many sites insinuated the “suspicious behavior” included sexual acts, the California Highway Patrol issued a statement to CBS Local that explains a traffic stop for speeding.
“On 12/31/2012 at approximately 1630 hours, Officer E. Moore, #20190, was in full CHP winter uniform, and driving a black and white departmental sedan (Class E),” the statement read. “Officer Moore was stopped facing northbound in the center median of US-395, north of Tom’s Place monitoring traffic. Officer Moore observed a black BMW driving southbound on US-395 exceeding the 65 MPH maximum speed limit. Officer Moore accelerated his patrol vehicle in order to follow the BMW, and then observed a marked patrol unit from the Mono County Sheriff’s Department making an enforcement stop on the BMW. After the Mono County Sheriff’s Department unit stopped the BMW, Officer Moore stopped to provide any necessary assistance.”
Ocean received a Notice to Appear for driving with a suspended license, speeding and for the tinted front windows.
The singer had a big year in 2012 and has already made an impact on the GRAMMYS. He is among the artists embroiled in a six-way tie for most GRAMMY nominations, including with Kanye West, Jay-Z, The Black Keys‘ Dan Auerbach, fun., and Mumford & Sons as the six artists who have six nominations each, to top all other artists.
Days before Ocean’s soulful, and boundary-bending Channel Orange was released, Ocean revealed via Tumblr that he once had a love affair with a man. The revelation received a storm of support from celebrities and fans who congratulated him for having the courage to come out.
--Erik Parker, CBS Local
[This article has been amended to include the updated information]